STUDENT Spotlight
Rachel Lam, Sports Science student

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. In this Student Spotlight, Rachel Lam, a Grade 12 student at Kenwood High School, discusses her involvement in the Sports Science Academy. (To see more student spotlights, click here.)

Student Spotlight
Rachel Lam, Sports Science student

What is the Sports Science Academy?
The Sports Science Academy (SSA) is a magnet program in which students enroll if they wish to pursue a sports-related career. The program caters to students who are passionate about athletics. SSA offers several courses that teach students about health, fitness, wellness, athleticism and more. The program offers great opportunities to meet with guest speakers and go on field trips to physically see some of the careers we could go in to and also requires heavy community service involvement.

When did you join the academy?
I joined the academy my freshman year. I applied for the program at the beginning of Grade 8 and accepted my seat in the summer of 2011, the summer before my first year in high school.

How did you become part of the academy?
I became a part of the academy after taking the magnet placement exam, creating the required brochure and finally being accepted into the program.

What have you done as a sports science student?
As a sports science student, I have excelled in both my core and SSA classes. I have also been successful on the field during fall, winter and spring sports seasons. Lastly, I have been active in the community through service projects and volunteer work, such as Race for the Cure, Hoops for Heart, Orioles Advocates, Adopt a Family and many more.

What have you learned through the academy?
Through the academy, I have learned the benefits of health and fitness, along with careers relating to these topics. The academy has also made me aware of my abilities to help the community, showing me what I am capable of doing to benefit the wellbeing of others.

What is the most challenging part of being a sports science student?
The most challenging part of being a sports science student is time management. Being in upper level classes, having an internship and participating in community service events can be difficult to handle. I realize the significance of all the events and I try to be a part of everything I can. There are only so many hours in a day, making it difficult to participate in everything I would like.

What is the most rewarding part of being a sports science student?
The most rewarding part of being a sports science student is being able to see the faces of the people and organizations that we help light up. I love giving back to the community and helping others; it is such a rewarding feeling to be able to give back to those in need.

Another rewarding part of the Sports Science Academy was being able to work as a student intern at Stemmers Run Middle School in the physical education department. Being a mentor for young students and teaching them how to become more successful gives me a feeling that is indescribable. Watching these young students light up as I walk through the door and stare at me every time I speak to ensure that they catch every word is something that I will never forget. The students at Stemmers Run Middle School truly looked up to me, and I am proud to be their mentor. I love giving each and every student advice and watching them take in every word I say. Being a role model for these students is one of the most rewarding things that I have ever encountered throughout my entire time at Kenwood and my time in the Sports Science Academy.

How has the academy prepared you to be college- and career-ready?
The academy has prepared me for college and for a career through teaching me how to stay motivated and dedicated to my studies. Also, SSA has pushed me to work hard and keep my grades up, allowing me to see my true potential. This will help me as I transfer into college life because I now know what I am capable of.

What other programs and extracurricular activities are you involved in at your school?
I am involved in field hockey, indoor track, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Math Honor Society.

What are your hopes and plans for next school year?
My plan is to attend Towson University and major in speech-language pathology. I hope to continue to stay active in athletics. I also wish to graduate from Towson’s Honors College Program.

 

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